What is an Abscessed Tooth?
If you have experienced trauma to your tooth, such as chipping or breaking, or if you have gum disease, you may have a painful infection known as an abscessed tooth. These problems can cause openings within the enamel of the teeth, and then bacteria can infect the center pulp area. This infection can then spread to your tooth’s root and the bones that help to support the tooth.
Abscessed Tooth Symptoms
If you are experiencing a severe or chronic toothache that results in throbbing or shooting pains, you may have an abscessed tooth. Some of the other major symptoms include the following:
- Swollen glands in the neck
- Foul smell of the breath
- Pain when chewing
- Teeth that are sensitive to cold or heat
- Swelling or redness of the gums
- General uneasiness or discomfort
- Swollen jaw area
- A draining sore found within the gums
Preventing an Abscessed Tooth
There are some things that you can do in order to reduce your risk of developing an abscessed tooth. The most important strategy that you can employ is to practice good dental hygiene In addition, if you experience any type of oral trauma, such as a tooth that starts to loosen or is chipped, it is important to seek dental attention immediately. Dr. Matthews can assess your situation to determine if you, indeed, are suffering from an abscessed tooth, and you can then take the steps needed to correct the problem.